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Gamecocks handle Coastal, win big, Georgia next

USC won easily Saturday. South Carolina defeated Coastal Carolina 49-15 Saturday as QB Jake Bentley threw for four touchdowns. USC RB Rico Dowdle also scored two TDs. It was the season opener for both teams. The Gamecocks scored in the first 2:58 of the game and twice in the first 10 minutes. A third touchdown came with 6:03 to go before…

Lexington outlasts Gilbert in first-ever meeting

Thomas Grant photos The environment prevalent throughout Wildcat Stadium for Friday’s first-ever football meeting between Lexington and Gilbert rivaled that of a playoff game. A sea of red on the visitor’s side was matched on the homestands by blue and gold. Both teams entered the contest undefeated and seeking to draw first blood in a new in-county rival. In the…

It’s Gameday, Gamecocks take on Coastal

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USC’s “Doctor Tailgate” says for some, it’s not about the game

It's gametime!

Memorial tailgate lot, off Shop Road. Photo provided by Paige Iapalucci. Many University of South Carolina football fans view gamedays as an all-day event. Students and families wake up early, get their lawn chairs, pack up enough food to feed a small army, grab some recreational beverages, and head to the parking lots around Williams Brice Stadium for tailgating. But…

Family ties strong in first-ever Lexington/Gilbert meeting

Lexington running back Akeem Nicholas with the carry against Dreher. GoFlashWin photo Friday’s first-ever football meeting between Lexington and Gilbert will have a “family reunion” atmosphere. The close proximity of the two communities has created lifelong connections for the head coaches of the respective schools: – Lexington head football coach Perry Woolbright’s father, Marty, coached 11 seasons with the Indians….

High school football week 2 preview, by Tyler Cupp

Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne photography. CHAPIN AT LUGOFF-ELGIN Last meeting: Chapin won 24-21 in 2009. Eagles lead the all-time series 14-4 Two young teams battle it out trying to find their footing. Both LE and Chapin have young, but talented offensive lines. The Demons are looking for more positive plays on both sides of the ball after falling…

Brookland-Cayce football alumni to face USC as Chanticleers

Corbin-Tay Show Caption Hide Caption Corbin-Tay-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Corbin Small and Tay Pringle. When Coastal Carolina rolls into Columbia to play USC at noon, Saturday, two Chanticleers will be coming home. Tay Pringle and Corbin Small played football at Brookland-Cayce High School. And both are on the Coastal Carolina football team. “I look forward to coming back,” said…

Transcript of USC Football Coach Will Muschamp’s pre-game press conference

The following is a transcript of Will Muschamp’s  press conference ahead of Saturday’s noon football game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, versus Coastal Carolina Opening Statement “The season has started. It’s great to be at Williams-Brice Stadium for our opener. We’re going into our third season. Our previous two openers have been on the road, so we’re excited to be…

Friends seeking help for former Dutch Fork football standout fighting aggressive cancer

Michael Gasparato. Thomas Grant photos. Friends of former Dutch Fork running back Michael “Gas” Gasparato are seeking the public’s health in his fight against cancer. Back in January, the 36-year-old had a tumor for testicular cancer removed. His 6-week followup appointment showed no signs of cancer in his body. After pushing a blocking sled, Gasparato had his back X-rayed for…

River Bluff girls’ tennis poised for state title repeat run

River Bluff girls’ tennis team. Far back row: Asst. Coach Brad McKinney. Back row (from left): Coach Brian Lim, Kiana Thatcher, Riley Mitchell, Jillian Leitzsey, Victoria Votion, Jessica Seymour, Anna Sofia Brown and Asst. Coach Tripp Perkins. Front row: Shelby Byers, Liyin Zhu and Claire Floyd. Photo courtesy of RBHS. The River Bluff High School girls’ tennis team has a…

The Honor Project’s WildMayhem Golf Tournament to support two local charities

Two Midlands charities are each about to receive a monetary gift to help better their organizations. The Honor Project, founded in 2015, was created for the purpose of making grants to charities, in order to improve communities and empower citizens. Their fourth annual WildMayhem Golf Tournament is taking place September 6, and is one of the largest yearly fundraisers the…

Week 1 recap, by Tyler Cupp

GoFlashWin photos. DUTCH FORK-63 SPRING VALLEY-0 The Silver Foxes are for real. An absolute statement was made Friday in Ballentine. In case their was any doubt, the two-time defending 5A state champions slaughtered the Vikings Friday. Spring Valley is not a bad football team but this might just be proof of how good Dutch Fork is compared to the rest…

Dutch Fork routs Spring Valley 63-0 in opener

Thomas Grant photo. During the preseason, Dutch Fork head football coach Tom Knotts questioned his team’s hunger to win a third consecutive Class 5A title. After having to wait an extra week to open the season, the Silver Foxes showed an appetite for domination Friday against Spring Valley. They routed the Vikings 63-0 to claim their 13th consecutive overall victory….

Rivalries highlight week 1 preview, by Tyler Cupp

Small town and cross county rivals headline our previews this week. From across the river, highway, or county, these schools are playing for a whole community. Bragging rights are on the line this Friday. Justin Gentry is entering his ninth season for the Chapin Eagles. He has won 57 games, so far, during his time as coach. GoFlashWin photos. Chapin…

Lady Wildcats set goals beyond region title

LHS players starting from left – Cameron Beckum (12), Mackenzie Carver (17), Rae Stackley (15), Camdyn Ross (holding ball), Maggie Salley (8), Natalie Maltry (white jersey), Janie Mosier (9) and Hannah Hammett (4). Photo courtesy of lexingtonwildcats.com By Thomas Grant Jr. A year after winning 30 games, claiming the Region 5-5A title and coming within a victory of reaching the…

Attorneys for ex-Swansea head football coach speak about non-hiring by Brookland-Cayce

Gregory Wright. Thomas Grant photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The attorneys representing former Swansea head football coach Gregory Wright expressed disappointment Tuesday with the decision not to allow him to serve as a Brookland-Cayce assistant coach. Bearcats’ head coach Rusty Charpia had announced plans to bring Wright aboard prior to the Aug. 17 season-opener against White Knoll. At gametime, Wright…

Ex-Lady Wildcats return to Midlands to face Gamecocks

Megan Classer (right). Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. Megan Classer and Mary Katherine Waters played for a second and final S.C. High School League title three months ago. The two former S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Players of the Year were back in the Midlands Sunday as College of Charleston freshmen. The Lexington High duo, along with…

Gilbert holds off Gray Collegiate

Gilbert running back DeAndre Cook rushed for 168 yards and three TDs versus Gray Collegiate. Thomas Grant photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The fans at Tomahawk Stadium itching for football after last year’s historic season at Gilbert were treated to a dominating start Friday night. The host team Indians opened up a 21-0 lead over visiting Gray Collegiate in the…

Aun and McKay Classic brings an end to high school football preseason

Chapin vs. Pelion 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Chapin vs. Pelion 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Chapin vs. Pelion 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Pelion player receives “defensive player of the game” award. Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. The high school football preseason officially came to a close Saturday across the state. The Aun and McCay Kickoff Classic…

Host team among winners at Lexington County Sportsarama

Gilbert running back DeAndre Harris gets past a Chapin defender.  Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. Aside from a 45-minute rain delay, the Lexington Sportsarama at Lexington High School went without a hitch Friday night. Seven Lexington County teams – Pelion, Lexington, River Bluff, Batesburg-Leesville, Gilbert, Chapin and White Knoll – took part in four 2-quarter scrimmages: GAME ONE…

Season ends for Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24

By Thomas Grant Jr. The 2018 season ended Thursday for Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 at the American Legion Southeast Region at McCrary Park. It started with the rescheduled opening contest with host team Randolph County. Chapin/Newberry took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Price Alexander of Dutch Fork High School scored on a throwing error by catcher Landon Smith and…